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    Re: Proper Packing for Shipping a Sextant?
    From: Glendon
    Date: 2006 May 11, 23:42 -0500

    My reply on the other list didn't make it, so here it is again

    I'm in Australia. I've had sextants shipped to me from the US and
    Poland, no

    My suggestions: make any hold down clips or swivels firm,either by
    tightening screws, jamming bits of paper under them, or at worst, by
    making sure no tape gets on the instrument; then fill the space in the
    around the instrument with foam, bubble wrap or suchlike (paper doesn't
    well here); place the sextant box inside a stout cardboard box, such
    there is at least an inch gap all round the sextant box; fill that gap
    firmly with foam or bubble wrap; firmly tape up the outside box and

    I have had all sorts of delicate gear shipped to me over the years:
    laptops, an astrocompass, gps's, even a screen for a laptop (that one
    had me
    worried)......all with no problems. Strangely enough, the only problems
    have had has been with books. Some people think that because they are
    compact and paper they don't need much protection. I have had a couple
    arrive with the outside packaging torn and the contents at risk.

    I also suggest that you talk to the vendor about packing and postage
    the auction closes, and before committing yourself to a bid. The style
    nature of the vendor's response will tell you a lot about how the deal
    likely to work out.

    Lee Martin

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: "Greg R." <gregr_ingest@YAHOO.COM>
    Sent: Friday, May 12, 2006 5:34 AM
    Subject: Packing for Shipping Sextant

    > I'm seriously considering bidding for a sextant that's up for auction
    > on E-Bay, but I'm also concerned about the proper way to pack one for
    > shipping so it doesn't arrive damaged or destroyed (I've read the
    > horror stories on the list archives).
    > The owner has e-mailed me about how he'd pack it for shipping, so I was
    > interested in getting input from the list on what people here thought
    > would be the right way to pack one for shipping.
    > --
    > Thanks,
    > GregR

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